The ‘Fantastic Four’ Are Officially Out of Marvel Comics

By January 14, 2016

What a troubled time to be the Fantastic Four in any form right now.

The movie tanked both critically and financially; there are currently zero plans to touch that steaming pile of trouble anytime soon and now even the comic books are gone for at least a long while. Check out how it all ended below.

COMIC BOOK SPOILERS TO FOLLOW – Here’s a giant picture of Dolph Lundgren to protect you from them. 


In the end of the super huge Secret Wars storyline (that had it’s own delay troubles) we see the fantastic family basically ride off into the sunset at the end of issue #9. After the gnarly damages of Secret Wars Reed and the family decide to stay outside of reality, attempting to re-populate universes. They show us a grizzly adams Reed Richards effectively saying goodbye:

No more super heroes for a while. Just science. And no more Mister Fantastic…. Just Dad.

This will mark the first time in five decades there hasn’t been some type of Fantastic Four comic book running at Marvel. Many assumed this was happening because FOX refuses to sell the Fantastic Four movie rights back. Therefore, Marvel doesn’t want to help the popularity of something they don’t fully own; even putting a halt on creating Fantastic Four toys & merchandise.  In an interview with CBR  however, Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort says that’s not the case; that they simply want it to be missed:

Fantastic Four has been one of those books that, for a number of years, has been effectively taken for granted. It’s been considered stodgy, or old school, or some people see it as a thing that’s there and people are comfortable because it’s there, but they’re not particularly passionate about it. So we’re not going to have that book for a while.

Could this really be the end though? It’s hard to imagine; especially if the world is ever able to figure out how to make a decent freaking movie about it for once. I’d hate to be the guy bringing that idea up in a studio meeting any time soon. Do you think we’ll ever see the Fantastic Four again? Stay tuned for any updates right here at GeekNation!


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  • Ethan

    Marvel lost the franchise to FOX and FOX screwed it up. Now it’s in limbo. Best advice would be to sell the franchise back to Marvel. FOX recoups some $ and Marvel can return them to the MCU just in time for the Infinity War. Okay, it’d be late for Infinity Wars but at least they can get back to re-booting the movie franchise and incorporating them into future stories.

    • termyt

      It is often not the best plan for either party involved for one to give in when the other throws a tantrum.

      • TPK

        So it’s better for FOX to make ANOTHER terrible F4 movie just to prove a point?

  • DcSensai

    they will be back when marvel gets the movie rights back.

  • Chris J

    I am nonplussed by the situation of there being no FF title. Frankly, there are so many goddamned superhero comic book titles out now, very few will miss them. Not to say I didn’t enjoy the title from time to time, but there is already enough entertainment out there.

    When Magnus Robot Fighter bit the dust, I lost no sleep. When it came back, I was happy in 1990 or so. Now gone again? Pfft.

  • Old Timer Comic reader

    Eh, really, who cares anymore? There have not been any good comics produced for over 20 years, with a few exceptions. This is not the Marvel or DC comics I knew and read. I do keep reading some of the online stuff, hoping for something good to come out, but have not been impressed.

  • James Lynch

    I am sure the FF will be back, in some form or another, but if I have it wrong, I think I am okay with that. I loved, and fondly recall, my youthful experience reading FF, but just as I am not the same person that I was forty years ago, it is certainly not the same world we are living in. I prefer the nostalgia of the past and the authenticity of FF tales in their time to any pale, thin stretched modernization of my personal favorite Marvel Characters.

  • Chus von Demuth

    I may have missed something, but I thought The Thing was now in Guardians of the Galaxy and Johnny, in Avengers… therefore, they’re just giving a rest to Reed and Sue and the “4” brand, not to give Fox a reason to attempt a new reboot.

  • “Oh, they killed Superman! Oh, they killed Robin! Oh, they cloned Spidey! Oh, they made Iceman gay!” (HELLO! His costume was basically underpants!) And on and on… COME ON, PEOPLE! GET IT TOGETHER! Of course they’ll be back! A year, maybe five, but they will be back. Like they’re going to blow off one of the mainstay teams in comic book history. Remember when ”The G of The G’ were just some vague third rate team forever locked in the memory of true believers from a bygone time? So..yeah. Relax. (Unless you’re like, 90 and then, yes, it’s over for you.) They brought back BUCKY, for gosh sakes. BUCKY?! “Winter Soldier”. Oh, please. Besides I like that they shake it up a bit and that the various characters are doing their own “Thing”. (See what I did there?) The brand was a li’l stale after fifty odd years. It happens. By the way, why is no one crying about ‘The Sub-Marweiner”? (See what I did there again?) HAH!

  • torrentprime

    Dude, it’s not a tantrum – it’s good marketing. The FF movies *suck*, and Marvel is giving both movie ticket buyers and comic book readers some time to miss them, some time to *want* to see them again. Cuz right now, we’re good with a break, and that attitude doesn’t sell movie tickets.

  • Brandon Deadpool

    if this is true….Because the only reason they did this is because they no longer have the movie rights to fantastic four. And yes I had been buying the fantastic four books before they were cancelled. For them to do this is sad and petty the fantastic four was marvels first super group comic book a group of people that through all adversity remained a family.Marvel has also nudered the x-men for the same reason. The fantastic four have been in every major story line in the marvel universe ever since they were created.from fighting Galactus to spider- man they have always been an intericate part of marvel.Now since Marvel has decided to change and not acknowledge almost every property that they no longer have the rights to they have tried to almost delete them. If you don’t believe me look at all the new part posters no x-men except wolverine and no fantastic for characters. It bs and petty.

  • Brandon Deadpool

    but what i don’t understand is when Marvel was about to go bankrupt they had only one option and that was to sell movie rights away to their most popular franchises ie X-men, Fantastic Four,The Incredible Hulk(only standalone movies) Spider-man,Ghost Rider,Namor,Daredevil and The Punisher, when they sold all of these properties the sold them to stay alfoat.But since Disney has bought them and taken over they have turned into this bitter well to be blunt Fucking winny child.The only reason are only two reasons they are dooing this one is Merchandising cost are all on them for any movie that is nolonger owned by them, this is important to remember because each respective studio hat owns any marvel property also gets a 15% cut ever though they don’t do anywork.The second is the Whole Disney PC issue since Marvel was bought we have seen Ice Man go Gay, Not that that is problem but retconned it instead of doing an all-new story inplying that being gay is a choice, but no one but me apparently looked at it that way.And the all new all different Marvel is shit don’t believe go read it.Spider-man is batman ,Wolverine is x-23,Captain America is the biggest stereotype of a Black man hating the government that i have ever seen in comics to date.No Marvel is just a petty child that did;t get its way so instead of thanking fox and other studios for keeping them float they instead won’t play nice and are fucking up their universe.Marvel intentionally ruined these Books so they wouldn’t have to work and get partial credit.

    • torrentprime

      So whom did you blame for plot decisions you didn’t like before Marvel was sold?

      “Iceman went gay” – what a tragedy. lol

  • Kiba Inu

    Marvel has become Movie: Obsessed and has let its line of comics suffer. I don’t collect any Marvel titles anymore- The roster of artists and writers are at their worst in record (and I’ve been a collector for 30 years). I can’t remember anything this bad since the schism that created Image way back in the 90s. At the moment, DC has the best line-up of comics.

  • misterfrost36

    Well when you reboot universes over and over again a lot of titles will begin losing their appeal.. Marvel’s went to shit the moment they started using the DC playbook..

  • Lyle McDonald

    Your site needs a far more annoying unclosable video ad at the bottom. Make sure to make it completely impossible to read the fucking articles. Good job.